Dan Farber was one of the first to cover the Giant Global Graph, here on ZDNet. A few days on, though, there's value in taking a look at how these ideas are being discussed across the blogosphere. The GGG, or Giant Global Graph. It sounds like something with which you might terrify a child at bed time, but this is no Gruffalo, no Jabberwock, no Smaug. Rather it's father-of-the-web Tim Berners-Lee's label for his latest attempt to express the power of the Semantic Web's core technologies in ways that will resonate beyond the established SemWeb literati. In the post he writes; “So, if only we could express these relationships, such as my social graph, in a way that is above the level of documents, then we would get re-use. That's just what the graph does for us. We have the technology -- it is Semantic Web technology, starting with RDF OWL and SPARQL. Not magic bullets, but the tools which allow us to break free of the document layer. If a social network site uses a common … [Read more...] about Who is afraid of the GGG?
Amazon best books of the month
Every year, legions of music fans await December — a time when critic overlords worldwide bless the masses with their definitive guide to the sounds of the past year. While that’s all well and good (read: we plan to contribute our own super-awesome list come year’s end), we, like most listeners, are already antsy. Related: Embrace the heat with our most anticipated albums of summer 2016That’s because apart from the seemingly never-ending onslaught of legends that have passed in the first six months of 2016, there has been a lot of seriously excellent music, too. Consider this a mid-year wake up call — a guide which will help you catch some of these acts while they are still on the road in support of their latest releases, and before you might have to snag a more expensive ticket to see them following others’ year-end listicles.Without further ado, here are our top 10 albums of the year so far:Lemonade — BeyoncéA … [Read more...] about Get down to Digital Trends’ best albums of the year (so far)
Amazon.com is more than willing to help shoppers out, unveiling its picks for Best Books of 2010. This annual feature includes the Editors’ Picks for the Top 100 Books of the Year, the Top 100 Customer Favorites and Top 10 lists in nearly two dozen categories, from Literature & Fiction to Children’s Picture Books. To see all of our Best Books of 2010, or to download one of the picks to your Kindle, go to www.amazon.com/bestbooks2010.“Whether it was Jonathan Franzen’s reunion with Oprah or the eagerly anticipated final books in blockbuster trilogies, 2010 had everyone talking about reading,” said Daphne Durham, Managing Editor of Books at Amazon.com. “Deciding on our Top 100 Books is always a tough assignment, but our choice for the Best Book of the Year, Rebecca Skloot’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,’ was unanimous.”Here’s a look at our … [Read more...] about Need holiday gift ideas? Amazon unveils its Best Books of 2010
Turbine Entertainment and Midway Games are already ramping up the hype machine for their forthcoming massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar by offering Rings fans and Tolkien enthusiasts to get into Middle-earth early via a pre-order Founders Program. Eager players can become a Founder by pre-ordering the game online or at retail stores beginning February 1, 2007, opting for either a $9.99/month subscription price or a $199 Lifetime Membership. In addition to these special subscription prices, Founders will be given the first opportunity to enter Middle-earth during the game’s open beta period, currently scheduled to get underway March 30, 2007…and they’ll be able to take their developed characters forward from the beta to the official launch when the game goes live, currently scheduled for April 24, 2007.. Founders will also be eligible to acquire two unique game items (an Enchanted Cloak of … [Read more...] about Get Early Admission to Lord of the Rings
I have said that the Apple iPad is only good at two things, but it's really good at those two things and I've compiled a list of my 20 favorite apps for taking advantage of the iPad's strengths.The best way to view this is the gallery of screenshots. However, you can also view it as a text-based list below.It's amazing how quickly this has become my most used app on the iPad, since it was just released in July. It displays news stories based on them being shared via Twitter or Facebook and auto-formats them in a newspaper-like column format. You can scan the headlines and first couple paragraphs and then click through to the site to the open the full story right in the built-in web browser in the app. (Tip: search for TechRepublic or Jason Hiner and you can set us up as one of your sections in Flipboard.)The best way to read books on the iPad is the Amazon Kindle app, mostly because it has a large selection of titles available and it does the best job of syncing between multiple … [Read more...] about 20 apps that take advantage of the iPad’s strengths
The Android Market may not have as many apps as the iPhone App Store yet, but there are still enough to be overwhelmed, and it's growing at a breakneck pace. To help you sort through them all, here's my list of the best apps I've found on Android. Again, remember that this is a snapshot in time. The Android platform is developing so quickly right now that I guarantee my home screen look different a month from now. The best way to view my list of the top Android apps is in the screenshot gallery. However, you can also view my top 25 in the list below. The screenshots The list 1. Google Voice Google Voice is a service that is so useful I consider it one of the top benefits of Android itself, especially since Apple rejected the Google Voice app for the iPhone. It gives you a phone number that can ring to multiple places or devices and it allows you to access all of your voicemail and text messages over the Web. The Android app integrates even deeper. It can make outgoing … [Read more...] about Top 25 Android apps: The best of the best
As holiday vacations inch closer and closer, it's time to make sure you're prepared to enjoy the time indoors with the proper tech. If you're looking for a mighty convenient way to devour books, we've tested a ton of e-readers, and believe Amazon's $119 Kindle Paperwhite , is best tool for the task. No matter if you're paging through popular reads such as Dan Brown's Origin or a foodie looking to learn from Samin Nosrat's Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking , an e-reader can be your most-trusted of allies. If you're on a budget, though, its $79 Kindle will do, providing access to most of the same library and features.You'll get the most out of the device with an Amazon Prime subscription, as it provides for the "over a thousand books, magazines and comics" with Prime Reading.Latest News and Updates (Oct. 2017): Both Amazon's cheapest Kindle (the $79 Kindle) and its most expensive (the new $249 Oasis) will offer the ability to play … [Read more...] about Best Kindles of 2017
Amazon has never been one to mind the contradictions. It’s a consumer e-commerce giant and a leader in cloud computing. The two don’t really have anything to do with one another, yet together they’ve made Amazon a smash hit on Wall Street. Similarly, Amazon Prime mashes together a Netflix-like video service and unlimited free 2-day shipping, all in a $79-a-year bundle that has proved similarly boffo with consumers. Amazon says “tens of millions” have signed up for Prime. But during the most recent earnings announcement, the company surprised everyone not just with some disappointing financials but also with news that it was considering hiking the fee for Prime by up to $40 per year. It’s hard to imagine a bigger misstep for the company, which has made remarkably few. So what’s going on here? Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Prime itself is almost certainly a money loser, but only when viewed through a … [Read more...] about Prime Factors: Should Amazon Really Mess With The Best Loyalty Program In Retail?
PayPal is in the center of two battles: one for control of every transaction on the planet, the other for control of its own destiny. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The clogged roads of San Jose teem with Priuses, which merely serve as earnest slalom gates for David Marcus to blow through in his black Porsche Panamera Turbo on a January afternoon. The 40-year-old president of PayPal has been in a rush since taking the top job 21 months ago. He’s overseen a sweeping overhaul of the payment company’s technology. He’s rolled out a passel of new products to let his 143 million users pay with their phones. And he’s seen his parent company, eBay, become a public target–Carl Icahn has quietly amassed a 2% stake, ahead of a just-promised proxy fight–as the division he runs increasingly appears more valuable than the core business that purchased it.Eager to show off some of the magic, we’re racing to Birk’s, a … [Read more...] about Can PayPal Beat Apple, Google, Amazon And Icahn In The Wallet Wars
Amazon.com today announced its picks for the Best Books of 2016, naming Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad the Best Book of the Year 2016. This list is a great source of inspiration for Holiday Book gifts.The annual list features the Top 100 books of the year plus Top 20 lists across various categories. All lists are hand-selected by Amazon’s team of editors who read hundreds of thousands of pages throughout the year, choosing the best books of every month and then, finally, the best books of the year. To see the full list of the Best Books of 2016 and buy the print or Kindle editions, visit amazon.com.“The editorial team had a handful of books that we seriously considered for the top pick but in the end our choice of The Underground Railroad was unanimous,” said Chris Schluep, Amazon Senior Book Editor. “Colson Whitehead’s novel is timely, important, and a great work of literature.”The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: A … [Read more...] about Amazon Best Book Of The Year 2016 Is Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad